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Flakes: Star Trek, Online Streaming, Husker Wrestling, and Sparty Week

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Flakes wonders when online streaming got to be as expensive as cable and satellite. We also do our Wednesday look back, look ahead, and highlight some non-football Husker sports you should notice. Plus the volleyball team plays tonight!

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There is going to be a new Star Trek series on TV!!! Yay!! Except, it will only be available on a paid subscription service. Boooo!

This brave new online streaming world is just as muddied a mess as the "300 channels and nothing on" world of satellite and cable. Hulu, Netflix, Sling, iTunes, and Amazon are all pretty mainstream. Vudu, Crunchyroll, Twitch and Crackle are lesser known (usually for good reasons). You choice of how to access those services is just as muddied.

Stream on a laptop if you wish, but why leave that gorgeous 60 inch wall-mounted LCD TV blank? Connect the laptop, but then you lose the quality you bought the TV for in the first place. So, you look for an Xbox, Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire stick, and any of a zillion other devices.

Pretty soon your monthly bill is just as high and your entertainment center just as cluttered as it was with cable or satellite. Plus, who has time to actually watch all that stuff? Outside of football season, our family can go for days at a time without turning on the big screen on the wall. We only have two monthly subscriptions and have kept the device clutter to a minimum. And we still probably do not get our money's worth since we do not watch all that much.

How about all of you? Are you finding the same with your streaming services?

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Husker Football

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Highlights from former Husker and current Tampa Bay receiver Kenny Bell’s appearance on “The Bottom Line” on Monday.

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Huskers Shift Focus to Spartans - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
Coach Mike Riley and the Huskers met the media for Nebraska's weekly football press conference at Memorial Stadium on Monday.

Huskers Start Prep for MSU - News, Weather and Sports for Lincoln, NE; KLKNTV.com
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More Husker Sports...

Volleyball has a big match tonight!

Huskers Visit No. 16 Purdue Wednesday on BTN
The No. 8 Nebraska volleyball team begins a four-match road stretch at No. 16 Purdue on Wednesday at 6 p.m. (CT) at Holloway Gymnasium in West Lafayette, Ind.

Wrestling might have a REALLY good season.

NEB WRES: Huskers capture six weight class crowns - News, Weather and Sports for Lincoln, NE; KLKNTV.com
Posted by: Sportssports@klkntv.comCourtesy: NU Media RelationsThe 10th-ranked Nebraska wrestling team won six weight class titles in the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open at Frost Arena on Sunday.

Red Review: Areas Nebraska men's basketball can improve upon in 2015-16 | Huskers - KETV Home
Red Review is a recurring series that takes an analytical lens to Nebraska sports.

Shepard Stars in Husker Debut - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
Jessica Shepard scored 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in just 17 minutes in her much-anticipated debut, powering the Nebraska women's basketball team to a 92-54 exhibition victory over Nebraska-Kearney on Sunday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Elsewhere in sports....

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Kansas could be reasonably expected to have its goalposts left intact this year. Royals fans helped with that.

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I am a beer person myself, but some of you might be interested in this:

From Pouring to Sniffing: A Guide to Whiskey Tasting
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